Vintage Look with Sony Vegas

Here are three presets (red, green, blue tints) that try to emulate the old 8mm film look. Instagram and the 8mm Vintage Camera utilities for iOS are pretty popular these days, so here’s something similar in Sony Vegas that I cooked up for you tonight.

1. Download this zip file. Unzip the “presets 2” folder in it on your C:\ root folder. It must be unzipped on the root folder of your C:\ drive, or the included .vf sample project won’t load properly.

2. Download the Preset Manager directly from Sony. Install it. This is a nice official utility that unfortunately doesn’t come with Vegas by default.

3. Make sure you have the AAV ColorLab free Vegas plugin installed in your system.

4. Browse the C:\presets 2\ folder and double click the vintage.sfpreset file to open with the Preset Manager. Click the little + sign on the left of the “vintage.sfpreset” word, and then select the “FX Chain” word that appears directly underneath it. Then, click the “edit” menu, and “Copy to system”.

5. Now, open a Vegas and load my sample “project.vf” file, to see how to it looks like. You can then create your own project with your own footage, and then try to apply a plugin to an event in the timeline (by clicking the blue + symbol on the right side of any timeline event). From the long list appearing, click “Filter Packages” on the tree list on the left, and the new presets will be now visible. You can choose any of the 8mm presets to load, and start playing around.

Before, and after the 8mm effects.
Picture by Brent Moore, titled “Nashville-Davidson Co. Rock City Barn“. Licensed under the CC-BY 2.0.

On my sample .vf project file, notice the transparent gradient on the top video track, and its exact settings: you will have to recreate this manually on your projects (it’s not part of the preset).

As with all non-dynamic presets, each scene will require tweaking. So don’t expect this to look perfect just by loading the preset!

More Sony Vegas color grading presets here (you might want to tweak them to use less contrast though).


Yanni wrote on December 28th, 2010 at 12:34 PM PST:

Awesome! Thanks!

Alex wrote on December 29th, 2010 at 1:13 AM PST:

Interestig post!Keep posting please.Thank you!

33_hertz wrote on December 30th, 2010 at 3:03 AM PST:

Yes, awesome! Thanks again. Happy New Year!

Eddie wrote on December 30th, 2010 at 7:41 AM PST:

Thank You! Happy New Year.

Pikmeir wrote on January 3rd, 2011 at 1:40 PM PST:

Great! This works like a charm (except charms don’t really work, so I guess it works better than a charm).
I definitely will be using this someday soon.

zima wrote on January 5th, 2011 at 8:19 PM PST:

Can’t wait to see the times when people will strive, sometimes, to recreate the vintage look of presently modern recorders… 😉

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